April 28th, 2014
03:16 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a capacity crowd at a National Rifle Association rally how she would baptize terrorists if she was an elected official.

“If I was in charge,” Palin said Saturday in Indianapolis, “they would know, waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who ran against then Sen.-Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, with Palin as his running mate, has spoken out against waterboarding, calling it illegal and ineffective. During the Vietnam War, McCain endured years of torture and imprisonment as a prisoner of war under the North Vietnamese.

In her speech, Palin also said the Washington insiders who called the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood a case of workplace violence “don’t know what is right.” That shooting was carried out by Maj. Nidal Hassan.

“Not when that evil Muslim terrorist Major Hassan massacres his fellow military soldiers at Fort Hood,” she said.

Characterizing Hassan, “that devil” as a ‘disgruntled employee,’” is hypocritical, said Palin.

Palin called liberals hypocrites for their stance on issues varying from gun control to torture at the NRA event that was part of the organization’s 2014 convention.

But she backtracked later, saying, “Not all intolerant anti-freedom leftist liberals are hypocrites.”

“I’m kidding,” she said. “Yes, they are.”

Palin told the crowd that “guys like” Sen. Al Franken and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “are not satisfied with just taking your money and your job and your truck and your property and your rights and your healthcare. Those Democrats trying to get all ‘Pelosi’ on ya, and you’re not gonna have it!” she said, referring to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Palin accused the Democrats of pursuing “policies that poke our allies in the eye and coddle adversaries instead of putting the fear of God in our enemies.”

She ended her speech by telling the crowd that the bracelet she wears celebrates the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791.

“It’s why we’re here, to celebrate and confirm that solemn oath to liberty,” she said.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Al Franken • Alaska • Harry Reid • Indiana • Nancy Pelosi • NRA • Sarah Palin • Terrorism
soundoff (899 Responses)
  1. Helen

    As a Christian in ministry, I find this incredible. Her characterization of baptism is offensive to a Christian and certainly would be to a Muslim. To equate baptism with a method of torture is horrific. Perhaps Ms. Palin should spend more time examining the depth of the meaning imparted by rituals of her faith. Her remarks are snarky at best and terribly disrespectful at worst.

    April 28, 2014 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Irene Done

    I'd say she has water on the brain but one of the ingredients is missing. And 3/4th's of the world is covered in water.

    April 28, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Victor Lockwood

    Palin/ Bundy for president. Can the right get any more ignorant to Human suffering and despair. Joking about torture is not funny. Comments about people different from you is bigotry. Will the right ever become true Americans? You know "Milk of Human Kindness". and all that Christian stuff?

    April 28, 2014 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. NamehazelHill

    Sarah for president! Spot oopn

    April 28, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    what a wonderful Christian.

    April 28, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. MKinSoCal

    I actually think her comment on waterboarding is quite clever. Get all them Muslim terrorists to confess and make them Christians at the same time – genius!

    April 28, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Mr. D.

    Can we "baptize" her and see if she feels the same after?

    April 28, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    I'm glad I'm not republican.

    April 28, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Harvey Wallbanger

    I lean very much to the right. Even so I would vote for Lenin, Stalin, or Karl Marx before I would vote for Palin.

    April 28, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Darlene lagrone

    Why is this women still in the press and on air. She is a damn idiot. Stop feeding into ego. Don't publish anything she says or does. Just ignore her maybe she will go away, we hope

    April 28, 2014 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. sportsmedic22

    Good thing for McCain he didn't win the election. He would probably have been assassinated by those wanting to make Palin the Commander in Chief.

    April 28, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Jim

    Solemn Oath to Liberty, who does she think she is fooling. Her Oath is to pure unadulterated greed. She took the Oath of Office for the people of Alaska and she could not even keep that Oath or promise. She left them high and dry so she could push her book of lies and make tons of money. she is only fooling the idiots who think she is a good woman. well, people wake up and realize she is like any other Republican, make tons of money and screw the average or poor American people.

    April 28, 2014 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Katie

    Well, the good news here is that the longer she gets free press for her rants and raves the longer the legacy of lunacy.

    April 28, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. Tony in STL

    If she's into it, ...I say "baptize her"!

    April 28, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. bill

    Seems we have not heard from her for quite some time....guess it takes some serious thinking to come up with something that ridiculous. Hmmm...wait, I think I would still choose her over the incompetence we have in power now!

    April 28, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Charles

    Don't worry, Sarah. You'll never be "in charge". (thank goodness!)

    April 28, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Hmmm... What kind of heat would Jesus pack?

    (Answer- NONE!!!)

    April 28, 2014 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. LC Felske

    I actually thought this was a spoof, until I realized that CNN doesn't post spoofs. How can anyone take that woman seriously as a politician?

    April 28, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. Phillp Bunn

    Once more, the Strumpet Moose from Alaska has publically demonstrated malignant ignorance of the 3rd Kind.

    April 28, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. W.G.

    I´m SOOOO glad this half term exGov showed her true colors . She IS the voice
    of the TEA-PARTY !

    April 28, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. anymouse

    As President Obama said: If the ignorant want to display their ignorance – just let them talk!

    April 28, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Darwufche

    She should be waterboarded then see if she thinks she was baptised.

    April 28, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. TadBad

    I consider it mostly McCain's fault for bringing her into the media spotlight. I don't think I'm quite at the point of forgiving him for it yet. Maybe one day I will.

    April 28, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. tarura

    Too bad she didn't get elected – it could be some fun, she's much better than Biden.

    April 28, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. UriNation

    I love this woman! Lock & Load!

    April 28, 2014 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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